EVENTS

  • VNFN SUPPORT THE 2016 WELFARE FOOD CHALLENGE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 22, 2016

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    The Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks rallied support behind Raise the Rates’ 5th Annual Welfare Food Challenge, which began on October 16th, 2016, World Food Day.

     

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  • NEIGHBOURHOOD FOOD NETWORKS SUPPORT THE 2016 WELFARE FOOD CHALLENGE PRESS RELEASE

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 17, 2016

    This year’s Welfare Food Challenge starts on October 16th and participants will be expected to purchase all of the food that they consume for 7 days with only $18. This is the amount that Raise the Rates, the organizer for the challenge, has calculated someone on welfare has left for food after paying their expenses. Last year the amount was $26, but the rising cost of rent has reduced the amount by $8 to a measly $18. It’s clearly impossible to adequately feed oneself with $18 per week and the Challenge emphasizes the absurdity of a social welfare system that produces such an outcome in a rich country.

    Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks (VNFNs) work to reduce food insecurity through initiatives such as community kitchens, food rescue, bulk buying, skills building workshops, meal programs, and advocacy, and recognize that policy action is needed to address the root causes. “Sadly, we are seeing a rise in demand and increasing waitlist for some of our food distribution programs….many people simply cannot afford to buy food when faced with the increased cost of living in Vancouver. People are forced to choose between paying rent and buying food. We recognize that the Welfare Food Challenge is not a Challenge that can be won” says Ian Marcuse of the Grandview Woodland Food Connection.

    Income assistance rates in BC have been stagnant for the last 9 years, with a single person receiving only $610 a month. This is not enough to support basic needs, nor positive health outcomes. Furthermore, these rates violate people’s human rights and basic dignity. The Dietitians of Canada (2016) point out that there are serious negative effects on physical and mental health when people cannot afford a healthy diet – food prices in BC have risen 12% since 2009 and “it is timely for further income and disability assistance reform so that more British Columbians can afford sufficient healthy food and meet their nutritional needs.”

    Raise the Rates’ Welfare Food Challenge draws attention to this issue from the lens of food insecurity. VNFNs support Raise the Rates’ call to action to raise income assistance rates recognizing that people require the financial means to purchase their own food, and will be participating in the Challenge. Charitable food solutions to hunger are not solving the problem: more than 12% of British Columbians remain food insecure even with substantial amounts of support from the charitable food sector. Local communities are doing their part and VNFNs call on the provincial government to increase food security by raising income assistance rates.

    VNFNs represent 12 neighbourhoods across Vancouver and engage with the most marginalized community members, witnessing first-hand the detrimental impact that barriers to accessing food and abject poverty can have on complex health conditions, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and cardiovascular disease. It is often those with the greatest need for high quality nutritious food that face the most difficult barriers to accessing it.

    Information on the Welfare Food Challenge can be found at: welfarefoodchallenge.org

  • NOURISH OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD 2016

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // October 2, 2016

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    Nourish Our Neighbourhood is our annual fundraising campaign. One hundred percent of proceeds from this campaign will go to support community-based food initiatives in your community. 50% of net proceeds will be given in your neighbourhood and 50% will fund the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, our umbrella organization.

    We need your support! All throughout the month of October check out our amazing partners here.

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  • NOURISH YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 22, 2015

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    NYN POSTER Havana Dec 31-2

    Announcing through to the end of the year, Havana Restaurant on Commercial Drive is donating $1 from each dessert to the Vancouver Neigbhourhood Food Networks.

    Thank you to the participating businesses who partnered with the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks to raise funds for our work. Participating businesses donated proceeds from their special promotions to your local neighbourhood food network and to the citywide Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks during the month of October, 2015. Participating businesses included:

    • Havana Restaurant: $1 from each dessert throughout the month of October will be donated.
    • The Fish CounterPartial proceeds on October 17 Pink Salmon Day  donated with thanks to the FISH counter and the MV Pacific Provider.
    • Nester’s Market Main Street: A Healthy Gift Basket will be raffled off at Garden Fantasies: A Seed to Seed Event, hosted by the Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network, in partnership with the Terry Salmon VPL Branch and the Riley Park Hillcrest Community Association, on October 18th from 1-4pm at Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way.
    • Organic Acres – proceeds from the sale of winter squash.

     

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  • SUSTENANCE FESTIVAL

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 22, 2015

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    7th Annual Sustenance Festival

    October 13-25, 2015

    A city-wide festival with local food-inspired workshops, exhibitions, talks, walks, dances and more – all taking place in community centres and public spaces throughout Vancouver.

    Vancouver’s Neighbourhood Food Networks are hosting a variety of events and workshops throughout the city. See the full schedule at http://sustenancefestival.ca/.

  • EAT, THINK, VOTE VANCOUVER

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // September 14, 2015

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    Does food matter to you? New public opinion data shows that food is one of the most important issues for voters. Lets make sure food matters to our politicians! Join Gordon Neighbourhood House, Vancouver Food Policy Council, BC Food Systems Network, Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks, and the Vancouver Urban Farming Society for a conversation with local candidates on the creation of a national food policy. Refreshments will be made available. There will be Voter Registration available after the event. RSVP today!

    http://campaign.foodsecurecanada.org/susannam/eat_think_vote_vancouver

    September 21, 2015 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm
    Gordon Neighbourhood House
    1019 Broughton St
  • HOMESTEADER’S EMPORIUM MEMBERSHIP

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Events // August 13, 2015

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    Become a member of the Homesteader’s Emporium (it’s free!) and make an impact! 1% of all member purchases will be donated to us to support food-based initiatives, programs and collaborations in neighborhoods all across the city! Visit the Homesteader’s Emporium today (649 East Hastings) for all of your urban homesteading needs.